The Future of Fashion: FIT Shows Off Graduating Fashion Designers

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A runway shot from last year's Future of Fashion show

A runway shot from last year’s Future of Fashion show

New York—Although you may have seen the fall runways in New York, Paris, London and Milan, the creations of the next generation of fashion designers will be on view May 1 when the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) presents The Future of Fashion, the annual end-of-year runway show featuring the best from its graduating fashion design students.

The event, which is professionally produced thanks to a $2 million grant from FIT alumnus Calvin Klein, will feature about 80 outstanding looks edited from a field of 330, including sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel, and children’s wear designed for Fall 2013.

This year’s show will also showcase a capsule collection by graduating fashion design students who spent their final year at the college’s Milan campus at the Politecnico di Milano.

Nine major designers and design houses served as mentors to the students. These include: Amsale Aberra (special occasion), Maggie Norris (special occasion), Lisa Perry (sportswear), David Neville and Marcus Wainwright of rag & bone (sportswear), Gary Graham (sportswear), Flora Nikrooz (intimate apparel), Tom Scott (knitwear), Lars Andersson (knitwear), and Bonnie Young (children’s wear) Mentors visited classrooms throughout the spring semester to critique the students’ designs, and each will select the most exceptional garment created by a student in their group for special citation as a Critic Award winner.

Cotton Incorporated to Award Students, Too

This year’s judges are Kate Betts (Time, Inc.), Alana Kelen (VH1), Lilliana Vazquez (NBC), Bryan Grey Yambao (, Colleen Sherin (Saks Fifth Avenue), and Joe Zee (Elle).

The designers selected for the fashion show will also vie for cash awards from Cotton Incorporated, a longtime show sponsor. Students who display the best use of cotton in their garments will compete for prizes of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $3,000 for third place.

Other awards being given out include: The Siempre Mujer Best Use of Color Award, which will be given to the student whose use of color best enhances the design of their garment.

For the second year, cosmetics will be provided by M•A•C, along with a team of makeup artists led by Lyne Desnoyers, executive director of Makeup Artistry at M•A•C. Leading makeup artist Janice Kinjo will return for her third year. While John Barrett of John Barrett Salon will direct a team of hairstylists.

The Future of Fashion will take place in the John E. Reeves Great Hall on the FIT campus. While admission is by invitation only, the 6:30 p.m. show will be streamed live on the web at and projected live in 3D in FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheatre.




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